Jennifer Grey

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Real Name: Jennifer Grey
Birthday: 03/26/1960
Birth Place: New York, New York



Jennifer Grey first grabbed media and tabloid attention as the sister of Matthew Broderick in John Hughes's tale of teen frustration and rebellion in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" (1986). But she is perhaps best known for her starring role as Frances 'Baby' Houseman in the smash hit "Dirty Dancing" working with Patrick Swayze (1987). 

Even though she is from a show business family, Jennifer Grey was not allowed to act as a young girl. However, she did spend a lot of time backstage when her father was appearing on Broadway. After her high school graduation, she studied with Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse and made her professional debut dancing in a Dr. Pepper television commercial. 

Her stage and theater work began as an understudy in the New York production of "Album", directed by Joan Micklin Silver (1980); and Grey later appeared in the Chicago production of the play. Her Broadway introduction came inl 1993 with "Twilight of the Golds", where she played a woman dealing with the chance that her unborn child might grow up to be homosexual.

The actress found more rewarding roles in feature films. After making her debut as Daryl Hannah's friend in "Reckless" (1984), Jennifer Grey went on to play a gangster's spy in Francis Ford Coppola's "The Cotton Club" (1984) working with Richard Gere and Nicolas Cage, and then as a freedom fighter battling Russian and Cuban forces in "Red Dawn" working again with Patrick Swayze and a young Charlie Sheen. By the late 1980's with the success of "Dirty Dancing", Jennifer had a achieved leading lady status and sexy Hollywood fame, but future worthwhile roles seemed to disappear. Grey was next cast in the sports drama "American Flyers" (1985) starring Kevin Costner, about a sports physician, Marcus, who persuades his unstable brother David to come with him and train for a bicycle race across the Rocky Mountains 

Jennifer appeared in a musical role alongside Madonna and Matt Dillon in the "American Playhouse" production "Bloodhounds of Broadway" in 1989, but her next leading role, opposite Matthew Modine, was in the slow and disappointing "Wind" (1992). Her next two movies, "Lover's Knot" with Tim Curry and "Portraits of a Killer" (both 1996), also failed to bring the thrill to tabloid critics and audiences.

Moving next to television projects, Grey played in a handful of dramatic roles, most notably Rita Schwerner, wife of the murdered civil rights activist Mickey Schwerner in the television documentary and drama "Murder in Mississippi" (1990). 

Jennifer Grey has also appeared as an intelligent lawyer in the television series "Criminal Justice" (1990) and the action thriller "A Case for Murder" (1993). She then scored a big role as an actress who becomes friends with both an elderly widow and her neighbor in "The West Side Waltz" (1995). 

Also in 2005, she appeared as the spoiled rich girl and former friend of Jennifer Aniston's character Rachel on the hit comedy "Friends". She played herself in a two season run on the ABC sitcom "It's like, you know" (1999-2000). Hired and cast as an actress named Jennifer Grey, she was up for anything, spoofing her career, her bad plastic surgery, and other personal and professional problems.

Returning to feature films, Jennifer was cast in the dramatic independent film "Red Meat" (1997) with Lara Flynn Boyle, about three guys who talk about their sex lives around a meal of red meat. Grey then starred alongside Rob Lowe in the television movie "Outrage" (1998) about a  man, Tom Casey, that becomes the target of 3 teenagers who start to terrorize him and his family because he saw them stealing from cars.  Staying with television, she appeared in the romantic comedy "Since You've Been Gone" (1998) alongside Terri Hatcher, the story of a 10th anniversary High School reunion, told through the eyes of a doctor who was humiliated. 

Grey then worked with heavy hitters Ben Affleck and Gwyneth Paltrow in the romantic comedy "Bounce" (2000) about a man who switches plane tickets with another man who dies in that plane in a crash. The man falls in love with the deceased one's wife. Grey switched things up a bit with the horror movie "Ritual" (2001) with Tim Curry, about a doctor who gets her medical license revoked after the death of one patient. She then appeared in the romantic film "Keith" (2007) featuring Jesse McCartney, about a 17-year-old girl who thinks she's got it all figured out until she falls for a guy who has nothing to lose. 


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